It's a Dead Man's Party: Charles Darwin at 200 (Part 4)

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Where Does the Evidence Really Point?

In January of 2004, the atheist community was stunned by a major announcement.  Antony Flew, probably the world’s most influential atheist of the last 50 years, publicly acknowledged his move from atheism to belief in God’s existence (he hasn’t embraced Christianity just yet, though).  Let me give you some perspective. Flew’s announcement is equivalent to Billy Graham calling a press conference and telling the world he is leaving Christianity.  Can you imagine the shockwaves throughout the Christian world? 
So why did this life-long atheist ditch atheism?  Flew said he “had to go where the evidence leads.”   And what was that evidence?  “I think that the most impressive arguments for God’s existence are those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries...I think the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it.”  

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It's a Dead Man's Party: Charles Darwin at 200 (Part 3)

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Wait, the Fossil Record is Evidence of Macroevolution, Right?

Of course, scientists suggest there is evidence for macroevolution.  They point to the fossil record.  They argue we have transitional forms.  These are intermediate fossils that demonstrate gradual change from one type of species to another.  Scientists hold up examples like Archaeopteryx.  Maybe you’ve seen this lizard-like-bird fossil in your biology book (if not, google it).  Supposedly, it’s a transitional form between lizards and birds.  But there’s a major problem with transitional forms in general.

A few potential transitional examples here and there are not enough.  Evolutionists need a lot more.  Darwin said so himself in Origin of the Species.  “The number of intermediate and transitional links, between all living and extinct species, must have been inconceivably great (emphasis mine).”  In other words, if Darwin’s theory is true we should find tons of transitional forms in the fossil record.  But we don’t.

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It's a Dead Man's Party: Charles Darwin at 200 (Part 2)

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Definition #1:  Evolution is change over time. 

This definition is really general.  As we observe our world we see things changing day by day, month by month, year by year.  An oak changes as it goes from sapling to tree.  A baby changes as she grows into a toddler.  Your body changes.  Seasons change.  Clothing styles change.  Everything changes.  In this sense of evolution everything on earth evolves.  But is this a problem for Christians?  Of course not.  If this is what someone means when they say “evolution,” no problem.

Definition #2:  Evolution is the process where minor changes take place in an organism to produce new characteristics.

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It's a Dead Man's Party: Charles Darwin at 200 (Part 1)

I recently wrote an article on evolution for junior high and high school students that appeared in Clear Horizon magazine.  The article was entitled "It's a Dead Man's Party," in reference to the upcoming 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth this Thursday.  I will post excerpts of the article over the next few days. 


When was the last time you went to a birthday party for a dead guy?

Here’s your chance.  On February 12, 2009, evolutionists everywhere will celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Darwin can’t make it but that won’t stop the celebrations that are already planned worldwide.  Yes, worldwide.  That’s one killer party.

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